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>> pelley: tonight, he faced the death penalty, now a judge has decided. jared loughner, who shot and severely wounded congresswoman gabby giffords and killed six others, heard his fate today. john blackstone was in the courtroom. they have no power, no heat, no gasoline. then the ice and snow came. mark strassman on the long ordeal after hurricane sandy. members of the navy seal team 6 are disciplined for helping to produce a video game. david martin has the story. and seth doane with folks picking up the pieces of their lives one memory at a time. >> this was the cookie-- the cookie press that i made the cookies at christmastime.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. in a tucson, arizona, courtroom, former congresswoman gabriel giffords cape face to face today with the man who tried to kill her. 24-year-old jared loughner. in january of last year, loughner, mentally ill and armed with a semiautomatic pistol, tried to assassinate giffords, raising his gun to her head and firing. then he kept shooting, killing six, wounding 13. loughner pleaded guilty, and today a federal judge sentenced him to seven life terms, one for each of the dead, plus one more for attempting to kill a member of congress. john blackstone was in the courtroom. >> reporter: loughner sat in the courtroom as one by one, victims rose to speak. congresswoman gabby giffords ask her husband, mark kelly, stood side by side.
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loughner look toward him as kelly said, "mr. loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit and her commitment to make the world a better place." giffords did not speak but stood fully upright, her paralyzed right arm in a sling. kelly ended with this, "you have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did, but after today, after this moment, here and now, gabby and i are done thinking about you." pam simon is one of giffords' staffers who was wounded. >> i could see independent way she stood, very straight, standing with mark kelly. i knew-- i could sense in the way she held her head, her curiosity, her great intellect, and, also, i believe, that it may have provided some closure for her. she is an amazing woman. >> reporter: loughner only spoke when he was asked by the judge is it fhe waved his right to address the court. he replied, "that's true."
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loughner's shooting rampage was in january of 2011 in the tucson shopping mall where giffords was holding a meeting with constituents. he's has been diagnose diagnosed with schizophrenia and has spent the last year in a psychiatric word where he has been treated with psychotropic drug .tz six people loughner killed, included a federal judge, a 19-year-old girl, and betty jean's mother so so you were looking in the eyes of the man who killed her mother. >> i had to. >> reporter: do you think he heard you? >> i hope he did. >> gabby giffords, she said, gave hearth strength to speak. >> she greeted me and she said i needed to be strong because i was a little wet-eyed. >> reporter: you were wet-eyes. gabby giffords told you to be strong. >> yes. >> reporter: loughner will be sent back to the same federal prison where he has been getting
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psychiatric treatment. that treatment will continue but, scott, the judge told loughner he will never again set foot outside of prison. >> pelley: information hit by hurricane sandy were digging out of the snowstorm today. many are struggling with no electricity or heat. sandy is blamed now for at least 123 deaths and more than 767,000 people in four states are without power. as snow fell on staten island, jason auer was helping clean out a relative's wrecked house, and mark strassmann is reporting for us it in new jersey tonight. mark. >> reporter: i want to show you something, scott. all this is the aftermath of sandy, a growing mountain of debris. that pile is construction material, furniture, and appliances. over there, what's ret of belmar's famed boardwalk, that pile splintered by sandy, and that peel ground up for scrap. and town after town on the jersey shore had a pile of ruin just like this with no place to go. >> i've never seen this much
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material in our building before. >> reporter: dominic mazza's waste removal business has collected 7500 tons of debris since sandy hit. >> you can't get to out-of-state landfills. it's backed up smear it's backed up on the streets. >> reporter: mazza can't get rid of it all because there aren't enough statement-licensed trucks to haul it all away. some debris mounds contain potential health hazards. >> oil, paint cans. there are refrigerators an refrigerators and toxic chemicals that get released into air. >> reporter: and those are now sitting in towns exposed because there is no permit to allow them to take to a place like this. >> reporter: exactly. >> reporter: for every two steps forward, this recovery from sandy takes one step back. mayor michael bloomberg announced new gasoline rationing for new york city drivers. we'll have to wait until the weekend for the last of the city's flooded tunnels to reopen. and the winds and snows from wednesday's nor'easter killed power to another 200,000 customers, mostly in new jersey. >> and all of this, unfortunately, runs on
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electric. >> reporter: lynn crofton's fiance, billy reed, a stroke victim, needs this life-sustaining equipment from his ventilator to nebulizer. they've all had to run on generator power since sandy hit. >> who would ever expect in the united states of america that you'd be without power and heat for 11 days? >> reporter: crofton gases you want generator three times a day and waits for the power company. without this life-sustaining equipment. >> we'd be in the hospital. or a nursing home or sitting in a-- sitting in an e.r., and god only knows what he's going to catch this there. i can't do that to another human being. >> reporter: crofton knows she's lucky that at least she has a roof over her head. scott, other families have their entire homes in these mounds of rooms. >> pelley: and a lot of folks are being told there's no telling when the power will be back. a looming disaster of another kind has wall street worried. it's the deep federal budget cuts and tax endless will kick
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in on january 1 unless congress and the president reach a deal on cutting the deficit. the dow lost 121 points today. that brings the two-day loss to 434 points. this so-called fiscal cliff that hits in seven weeks was designed to be so painful, that democrats and republicans would have to compromise. but will they? nancy cordes is at the white house for us tonight. nancy. >> reporter: scott, white house fors told me today they were encouraged by house speaker john boehner's comment yesterday about finding common ground. still, they reiterate today any deal is going to have to involve allowing those bush tax cuts to expire for household incomes over $250,000 a year. and that's something republicans adamantly oppose. the nonpartisan congressional budget office put out a report today that stayed allowing those tax cuts to expire just for top earners would constrain economic
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growth next year by just one-tenth of 1%. the report also showed what's at stake here if all the tax increases and spending cuts associate with the fiscal cliff are allowed to kick in, the unemployment rate will shoot up to 9.1% in 2013, from 7.9% now. that's why vice president biden predicted today the two sides will come up with a solution. >> we're not going over the cliff. we're determined not to go over the cliff. i think better heads will prevail. >> reporter: white house officials insist they have all the leverage here because all the bush tax cuts are set to expire if republicans don't compromise on taxes for the wealthy. that's an argument we'll likely hear the president make tomorrow when he gives his first address since being re-elected. scott. >> pelley: tomorrow afternoon. nancy, thank you very much. the votes are still being counted from the presidential election. let us show you where the popular vote stands tonight. of about 120 million votes cast,
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the president is leading by less than 3 million votes. but, of course, president obama has already won the electoral vote, so nothing will change the outcome now. china is also changing leadership this month. today, china's communist party began a meeting that is held once every 10 years during which the people will be told who their new leaders are. that leadership has to manage a china that is evolving into a nation of haves and have-notes and bill whitaker is reporting tonight from beijing. >> reporter: the opening of the congress, a choreographed spectacle of power and pride, but outgoing president hu jintao told the assembled delegation the communist party's greatest success, china's economic development, has created one of its greatest threats-- a growing divide between rich and poor. on one side of the divide, huang nubo, a 56-year-old billionaire real estate
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developer. >> these buildings, these are your buildings, too? >> yes he was poor as a boy, he told us, but he's rich and powerful now on "forbs'" list of the world's wealthiest people. he started with one piece of property 10 years ago. and now his company owns apartmentes, malls, and resorts around the world. he was lucky, he said, to get aboard china's exploding economic expansion. china's cities are boom, but prosperity didn't reach many rural areas, and now the economy is slowing. if you could come up with one word to describe your life in this village, what would it be? >> "hard" says farmer jin dengshan. he, his wife, and three young children live in rural henan province on $800 a year they earn selling mushrooms. they were part of the 128 million chinese who subsist on less than $1.25 a day.
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"i resent rich people" he said. "it's so unfair." his neighbor, upon it jin xinzhen, said he's too poor to get married. "we are like 1,000 miles away from the rich. we couldn't catch up if we had a rocket," he said. when they instituted capitalist reforms, china's leaders said to get rich is glorious. today, hu jintao warned of social unrest if new leaders fail to narrow the income gap. bill whitaker, cbs news, beijing. gillette u.s. navy seals are part of an elite force that operates in the the shad shadows, best known for killing osama bin laden. but our pentagon correspondent david martin has learned a group of seals is being disciplined for revealing secrets. >> reporter: the seven members of seal team 6 are all still on active duty. one of them was on the raid which killed osama bin laden and made seal team 6 a household
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name. for two days this spring and summer they worked as paid consultants on this recently-released video game "medal of honor warfire." four other members of the team who have since transferred out of the unit but are still on active duty are under investigation. the game does not recreate the bin laden raid, but it does portray realistic pictures such as an attack on a pirate's den in somalia. it was produced by electronic arts which boasts that real commandos, both active duty and retired, help make its games as realistic as possible. >> operators can jump at altitudes of 30,000 feet. >> reporter: it is unclear what secrets members of seal team 6 gave away but while serving as consultantants for the game they use classified material which had been given to them by the navy. they also violatedly the unwritten code that seals are silent warriors who shun the spotlight. in fact, the seals have been
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buried in an avalanche of publicity, some approved by the commander of the bin laden raid, and now the head of the special operations command. for instance, the movie "act of valor." >> yes, there are seals that-- i think eight of them, active duty navy seals-- one may be out now-- that participated in this. again, it started off as a recruiting film. >> reporter: seal team 6 will be featured in two upcoming movie. one about the rescue of the captain container shipped kidnapped by somali pias, the other about the bin laden raid. the seals have gone hollywood but it could cost those who worked on the video game their years. the seven who have been punished so far all received letters of reprimand which would kill their chances for promotion. they also had half their pay taken away for two months. >> pelley: david martin break this story at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you very much. the pentagon confirmed today that an american drone was attacked by iranian military
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working for cbs news to meet with him and two other villagers in kandahar city. it was too dangerous for westerners to travel to their village deep in taliban territory. rafiullah told us he was at home asleep on march 11 when a man broke down the door. "he pushed me against the wall and put the pistol to my sister's head," he said. "we all started shouting, 'don't kill her'." when the shooting started, rafiullah ran to another room. "we heard gunshots. my uncle, my little cousin, and my grandmother were killed. i was told to put my hands on the wall, and then he shot my sister in the head." rafiullah was wounded in both thighs. he told us the shooting lasted a half an hour. when we asked how many gunmen he had seen that night, rafiullah answered, "one." "he wore an american uniform, "he said. "he had a gun but no helmet. he shot us with a pistol."
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of the 16 afgaps killed in the village that night, nine were children. many of the bodies were burned. another villager who lost two family members, tells the story differently. nabaryan wasn't an eyewitness, but he told us his brother's wife had seen more than one gunman. "she told me they had lights on their heads," he said. "they were searching the house, and they told her to be quiet or they'd kill her, too." >> pelley: kelly cobiella is joining us at our cbs news bureau in kabul, afghanistan. and, kelly, what do we make of these various accounts that indicate there was either one gunman or more than one? >> reporter: well, the prosecution's argument is that this was an act committed by one man, staff sergeant bals, but some of these witnesses have said from the very beginning that they saw more than one american soldier, and the defense will try to take advantage of this to try to save bales from the death penalty,
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trip is a reward for that. the pakistani school girl who stood up to the taliban is making a recovery in i had british hospital. these are new pictures of 15-year-old malala yousufzai reading some of the get well cards that have pored in. malala was shot in the head last month after speaking out for girls' education. her father said she will not be silenced. also in britain, a daring drive-through robbery. surveillance video caught these thieves on motorbikes racing through a mall waving weapons and scaring shoppers, stopping at a jewelry store, they grabbed watches and gems. the heist lasted only two minutes but the robbers got away with merchandise valued at $3 million. we'll be back in just a moment. m spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from.
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straight ahead the fiscal cliff, we'll explain what it means, that and more at 7:00. of houses were damaged or destroyed in hurricane sandy, but today, seth doane talked to folks on staten island as they searched for priceless memories that made those houses homes. . >> reporter: john reinhold shoveled his front walkway, just like he does after every snowstorm, except he's no longer living in his home. what did you lose here? >> uh, everything on the first floor living room, dining room,
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entire basement. >> reporter: all flooded? >> all flooded. >> reporter: he has no electricity, no hot water, and even had to borrow his neighbor's shovel. >> it's a little break, a little normal. >> reporter: a piece of normal, just doing something like shoveling? >> right. it's just-- yeah. it feels good. >> reporter: just before a blanket of snow covered up sandy's mess, we found eric scanlon standing on what useto be his house. you're here picking up. you're looking through things. how do you begin? where do you start? >> well, i made a list of, you know, categories most important. >> reporter: what's most important? >> most important were some of the items that were given to me by my father. >> reporter: this designer, with a masters in city planning, zeroed in on a piece of plastic sheeting that was buried. >> this tarp, i mean, it's a mass-produced item. i could probably pick up 20 of them right now if i went to home depot, but that was my father's tarp, so that was important. >> this was the cookie-- the cookie press they made the
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cookies at christmastime. >> reporter: wait, wait. you saved your cookie press. why a keek press? >> because he loved cookies. >> reporter: your husband did. >> yhe did. he loved these special cookies i made for him. >> reporter: most of the theresa breen's belongings are the street. this mother of four said she put her faith in god and will start over. all the memories get push into a bag. >> yes, but that's okay, i have something. >> reporter: in the wake of the disaster, people we met are focus on the little things. they say thinking about anything bigger is just too much to bear. seth doane, cbs news, staten island. . >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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this is 9 news now. it happened again so soon, it feels very frustrating and angry. >> it is cold, dash and frustrating for the victims of superstorm sandy now trying to clean up after the nor'easter. there were already nearly half a million power outages in new york and new jersey left over from sandy and now there are hundreds of thousands more. utility crews are working around the clock cleaning up again. the storm brought snow and took down trees in an area that had already frankly been exhausted from sandy, but new jersey governor chris christie says it could have been worse. >> believe it or not, this is always helpful because it wasn't rain and so it helped on the flooding side. >> some parishioners of this church in rock level away

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